Microsoft has a pretty big day tomorrow and it could be even bigger than expected. First off it is Patch Tuesday and they have 11 patches that they plan to distribute that will fix some bugs. Six of those 11 patches are going to be for Windows.
For anyone still using Windows XP SP1 you may want to make the upgrade to SP2 because you can no longer receive any support as of tomorrow. I do know a few people that still haven’t made the switch because they don’t want the Security Center, but I think they may actually change their mind.
Lastly, several sites including SlashDot and the Washington Post are claiming that Microsoft may release Internet Explorer 7 tomorrow. Yesterday we just talked about how the release is planned for sometime this month but Microsoft didn’t give any specific date. Apparently the Washington Post read too far into the post and thought it implied that Microsoft would initiate the Automatic Update for IE7 tomorrow. They have since posted an update retracting the claimed release tomorrow.
Even if Internet Explorer 7 does get released tomorrow it should not be distributed using the Automatic Update System. Microsoft specifically said that the Automatic Updates will be initiated a few weeks after the release. That probably means it will happen on November 14 which is the next Patch Tuesday following tomorrow.
The Internet Explorer Blog just announced that they will be having their last chat session before the IE7 launch on Thursday. I guess that rules out a release date of tomorrow.